By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The Munford Cougars have been waiting their entire existence to beat the Ridgeway Roadrunners.
And the newest Cougar, Lorris Densow, has been patient for a chance to score a goal in an official game. The German exchange student has spent recent years playing goalie back home. When he arrived to the four-year-old Munford program, Densow was moved to the front line with teammate Erik Furesth locked in at keeper.
The move by Head Coach Kyle Selby paid off last Thursday night with Densow scoring twice in the first half on the soaked turf of Munford Stadium leading to a 2-0 win over Ridgeway.
“I’ve been waiting a long time to score,” Densow said. “So it feels pretty good.”
The Cougars have been waiting four years to beat the Roadrunners. When the team gathered in huddle after the game, Munford senior Cody Perrigo addressed his teammates through the rain drops.
“They just told me how much better we’ve gotten,” he said. “We’re getting there guys. We’re getting there, keep it up.”
In the first three meeting between these teams the Roadrunners were victorious with the Cougars closing the deficit each time. Thursday night Munford closed the gap and surpassed Ridgeway.
Densow made the score 1-0 midway through the first half by chance. The junior striker got behind the Ridgeway defense and out-raced the last defender to blast a shot past the Roadrunner goalie.
“My first goal was kind of a coincidence because I didn’t get the ball to score,” Densow acknowledged. “I just sort of kicked it.”
Minutes later Densow’s second goal wasn’t by accident. With a few more defenders near him, Densow made sure his attempt would have the strength to hit the back of the net.
“They told me to crank a shot when I get an opportunity,” he said. “So that’s what I did.”
The Cougars were ahead 2-0 after 40 minutes. With Selby and Assistant Coach Bobby Picchi shouting instructions throughout the second half, the Munford defense limited Ridgeway to two shot opportunities.
Despite difficult footing and a muddy surface the Cougars had a few chance on goal. But Munford strikers missed wide ending the game at 2-0.
“It was a little hard on this field especially when it’s raining and stuff,” Densow noted. “I think we did a pretty good job. We have to work a little bit on going down the sidelines but it worked pretty well today.”
The win was Munford’s first over Ridgeway and improved the Cougars to 5-1. The team’s only loss in the first six games came to District 14-3A powerhouse Cordova. The Wolves are averaging nearly 8 goals a game, but were held to two by Munford.
So far all the Cougars opponents in 2013 have been impressed by their progress.
“For me it’s a big sign of respect to get that complimented,” Densow concluded. “The program is going in the right direction.”